(TASS) Militants have executed 26 civilians, including nine teenagers, in Aleppo who asked them to leave their neighbourhood, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Sunday, citing eyewitnesses who have managed to leave the city via humanitarian corridors.
“Civilians who left Aleppo’s Sheikh Hader district via the 1st and 6th humanitarian corridors at ten in the morning on Sunday told about execution of 26 local residents, including nine teenagers, on Saturday.
These people asked militants arriving from another district of the city to leave their neighbourhood to prevent an outbreak of hostilities there,” the spokesman said.
“According to eyewitnesses, several hundred people took part in these spontaneous protests,” he added.
Several humanitarian corridors were opened in Aleppo in late July to furnish civilians and terrorists willing to surrender arms with a possibility to leave the city.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who held thirteen-hours-long talks in Geneva on September 10, coordinated a package of five documents called upon to bring about ceasefire in Syria and to lay down the foundations of a resumption of the political process.
The documents feature the separation of the armed opposition and terrorists and envision the delivery of joint Russian-U.S. airstrikes.
They also specify a procedure for reacting to violations of the ceasefire and some aspects of delivery of humanitarian aid millions of people are wanting badly.
The cessation of hostilities regime came into effect from 19:00 Moscow time on September 12. On September 14, the ceasefire was extended for 48 hours more.